('jo’ means 'sweetheart’)
‘John Anderson, My Jo’ is a wonderfully sensitive poem which reflects love unchanged by the progression of the years.
The words are spoken by John’s wife, as she contemplates their remaining years together.
As much as her wariness is served by looking to the future, her happiness is served well by remembering the days when she and her husband were young and vibrant, with all the imagined promise of things to come.
“John Anderson, my jo, John, We clamb the hill thegither; And mony a cantie day, John, We’ve had wi‘ aneanither:
Now we maun totter down, John, And hand in hand we’ll go, And sleep thegither at the foot, John Anderson, my jo.”